For much of its production, “Prometheus” had science fiction fans in an absolute lather.
Director Ridley Scott rose to fame with his “Alien” franchise — was this the long-awaited installment? The vague, space-themed promotional materials the studio leaked out every so often seemed to suggest it could be, as did the presence of star Charlize Theron, who’d be a worthy successor to Sigourney Weaver’s Ridley.
Now, few films could flourish under the weight of such heavy expectations, and unfortunately, “Prometheus” is one of them. It isn’t necessarily a bad movie; it just isn’t the science fiction classic many hoped it would be.
“Prometheus” follows a group of scientists, led by Noomi Rapace (of “Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” fame), Theron and their android, David, (Michael Fassbender) as they journey to a distant planet. There, they find a terrifying secret that jeopardizes their safe return to earth.
Visually, “Prometheus” has a chilly, eerily synthetic beauty to it, and the three lead actors turn in strong performances. The storyline is the problem here. A review that goes into too much detail will give it all away, so this will have to suffice: There is a lot of quasi-scientific mumbo jumbo and a few too many hopelessly convoluted plot twists for this movie to qualify as very interesting.
There is value, of course, in having mysterious and through-provoking elements to a science fiction movie. If everything was as it appeared on its face, it would not be fun to watch. “Prometheus” takes it too far, though. The hints are too small to make anything out of, the suggestions to weak, the leaps of faith too great.
So, see this movie if you’re a fan of Scott, Theron, or Fassbender, and see it if you are a real science fiction junkie. Otherwise, it isn’t a must-see.
Characters and cast of Prometheus include:
Elizabeth Shaw – Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, The Girl Who Played with Fire)
David – Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds, X-Men: First Class, 300, Band of Brothers, Centurion, 12 Years a Slave, X-Men: Days of Future Past)
Meredith Vickers – Charlize Theron (Monster, Hancock, The Italian Job, A Million Ways to Die in the West, Aeon Flux, The Yards, The Cider House Rules)
Janek – Idris Elba (Pacific Rim, Thor, Luther, The Office, RocknRolla, This Christmas, American Gangster, The Wire)
Peter Weyland – Guy Pearce (Memento, L.A. Confidential, Iron Man 3, The Hurt Locker, The Rover, The King’s Speech, Animal Kingdom, Lawless)
Charlie Holloway – Logan Marshall-Green (Devil, Brooklyn’s Finest, Across the Universe)
Fifield – Sean Harris (Isolation, Deliver Us from Evil, Harry Brown, The Borgias, Brighton Rock, Red Riding Trilogy)
Millburn – Rafe Spall (Life of Pi, Shaun of the Dead, A Good Year)
Chance – Emun Elliott (Exodus: Gods and Kings, Filth, Game of Thrones, Black Death)
Ravel – Benedict Wong (Moon, Sunshine, Dirty Pretty Things, Kick-Ass 2)
Ford – Kate Dickie (Red Road, Filth, Outcast, Game of Thrones)
Shaw’s Father – Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring, Insidious, Hard Candy, Watchmen, Girls, The Alamo, Purple Violets)